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Getting a Piece of the Music Festival Pie

Getting a Piece of the Music Festival Pie

It seems that as the number of music festivals increases, the interest in attending these festivals increases as well — so much so that you could even describe the process as competitive. For the right travel agent — one who has developed connections in the music industry as well as in hotels, transportation and more — music festivals can be a lucrative niche.

Carnival's Warm Chocolate Melting Cake Recipe

Carnival's Warm Chocolate Melting Cake Recipe

In the span of two days, I managed to eat three servings of Carnival’s famous warm chocolate melting cake — that means I ate one serving before lunch time. In my defense, I had just learned how to make the chocolate cake in a private tutorial with the kitchen staff.

Dos and Don'ts at Taiwan’s Night Markets

Dos and Don'ts at Taiwan’s Night Markets

A veteran of Taipei’s famous Shilin Night Market, my Taiwanese friend and night market guide, Evan, always goes caffeinated and prepared, clearly imagining his culinary targets and manifesting them like some sort of street-food-spirit-guru.

Working With A Travel Agent Is Still Fun

Working With A Travel Agent Is Still Fun

In the travel industry, we talk a lot about the relevance of travel agents — how they work hard and how they offer a significant service. This is an important message to get across and helps quell myriad misconceptions about what travel agents do, and how they do it. What often gets underrepresented, however, is how fun working with the right travel agent can be — no matter your age, or your level of travel industry know-how.

Tahini-Filled Falafel Exists

Tahini-Filled Falafel Exists

Whether I am at home or abroad, I love meandering through local food markets to see what the local hands and soil can come up with, and how the local chefs think. Israel’s markets (shuks) are among the world’s best, offering samples of traditional Mediterranean specialties in addition to local novelties inspired by the country’s range of cultures, people and religions.

Eating Japanese Rice On A Stick

Eating Japanese Rice On A Stick

Popsicles, lollipops, corndogs and, as I learned recently in Japan, rice are among the foods that are best served on a stick. Kiritanpo is a local dish found mainly in the Akita Prefecture. Like other Japanese foods, Kiritanpo is simple, traditional and not fussy — the harmony of its flavors and the warming process of making it turn it into an unexpected comfort food.

A River Cruise into the China Psyche

A River Cruise into the China Psyche

The Yangtze River is not what it once was, but neither are the ships that sail it — that was the gist of my review of Century Cruises’ new ships, the Century Paragon and its now-released sister ship, the Century Legend. What I didn’t get to discuss in length was the other portion of the equation — the Yangtze River.

Kimpton Makes Yoga an Amenity

Kimpton Makes Yoga an Amenity

Not every trip, however, can be a full-blown health and wellness vacation — that doesn’t mean it’s not easy to squeeze in some well-being time if you know where to look.